Tasmania v Western Australia, Ford Ranger Cup, Hobart December 17, 2006

North hundred gives Warriors narrow win

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Western Australia 3 for 286 (North 115*, Ronchi 65) beat Tasmania 277 (Marsh 86, Anderson 79) by 9 runs

Marcus North smashed six sixes in his 115 not out © Getty Images

The Western Australia captain Marcus North led by example with a blistering century that set up a nine-run win for his side against Tasmania. On a day when the skippers starred, Daniel Marsh smashed 86 from 71 balls to give his team a glimmer of hope but they were all out for 277 in the final over.

The Warriors scored an imposing 3 for 286 thanks to North's unbeaten 115 from 85 deliveries and a run-a-ball 65 from Luke Ronchi. North blasted the equal third-fastest century in Australian domestic limited-overs history, reaching the milestone from 74 balls. His second fifty took just 18 deliveries and he finished with six sixes and eight fours.

Tasmania's chase began poorly - they were 2 for 18 in the sixth over - but Dane Anderson steadied the innings with 79 before Marsh launched a tilt at the hefty target, hitting three sixes and seven fours. But the Tigers' slow start meant they were always behind the required run-rate and needed nearly ten runs from each of the last five overs.

Two late wickets to Peter Worthington and a last-over run-out ended the chase and lifted Western Australia to third on the FR Cup table. Tasmania are now second-last after recording their fourth loss of the season.